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    Transition team must act with urgency

    Friday, December 16 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-16 11:00:16 GMT

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

  • Chief of staff brings needed experience to the Justice team

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    Friday, December 9 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-09 11:00:15 GMT

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

  • Opportunity makes WV workers happy

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    Friday, December 2 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-02 11:00:19 GMT

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Urgency is a concept our lawmakers seem to have forgotten. West Virginia is a wonderful place with wonderful people, but if we're going to move forward, then we need get to the task at hand. We have having failing schools, our business community is suffering, we are unable to retain our best and brightest and tax collections are so slow the governor is making plans to run the state with less revenue.

With all this on our plates, you would think flippancy and insignificance would take a back seat to more important matters. Apparently not. A resolution has been made in the House of Delegates to declare the pepperoni roll the state food. One question — why? This is silliness of the highest order. Pepperoni rolls are beloved in many areas of the state and their history as sustenance for coal miners is certainly something that makes our home unique, but this is legislative tomfoolery.

What's next, some sort of official decree about serving slaw on hot dogs? Having fun is one thing, and it's certainly pleasant when our lawmakers recognize community organizations or local sports teams, but we send these men and women to Charleston to do a job, not waste time. 

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